Retain local judges

Three judges in Mesa County are up for retention this year. Voters should cast their ballots to retain all three of them.

District Judges Richard T. Gurley and Valerie J. Robison, along with County Judge Bruce R. Raaum are on the ballot. Under Colorado’s judicial system, judges are appointed to the bench by the governor, but voters have the opportunity to retain them or vote them out of office at the end of their specified terms.

All three were evaluated by attorneys and others who work with them through the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation. Gurley received almost-unanimous accolades from those who responded to legal surveys. Raaum and Robison received more comments of concern in their evaluations. But none of the concerns were egregious enough for the evaluators to recommend they not be retained.

One of the complaints against Robison was that, in criminal cases, she seemed biased in favor of the prosecution. This complaint came from attorneys, more than half of whom were criminal defense attorneys. Non-attorneys who evaluated Robison gave her higher-than-average marks.

Robison and Raaum also both received remarks concerning their knowledge and application of the law, and both expressed interest to work on those areas.

Voters who want to learn more about what the evaluations say should visit the website:

We believe all three have served the people of Mesa County and the justice system here well and should be retained.


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